Electrolyte imbalance

What is Electrolyte imbalance?

Electrolytes play a vital role in maintaining homeostasis within the body. They help to regulate heart and neurological function, fluid balance, oxygen delivery, acid-base balance and much more. Electrolyte imbalances can develop by the following mechanisms: excessive ingestion; diminished elimination of an electrolyte; diminished ingestion or excessive elimination of an electrolyte. The most common cause of electrolyte disturbances is kidney failure.

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What may cause upper leg/hip pain. Sometimes it feels like a groin pull.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Muscle spasm or electrolyte imbalance is the likely cause

Detailed Answer:
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Upper leg or hip pain can be caused due to muscle spasm or electrolyte imbalance. In such a case feeling groin pull is likely. Hot compress usually provides relief....

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Hi my father is 66 years of Age and COPD patient with Electrolyte Imbalance problem. From last night, he has an stomach pain and couldn't sleep at night. Can Colicaid be used here. If yes, what should be the dose?

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Brief Answer:
Take your Father to Emergency room/hospital.

Detailed Answer:
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To recapitulate: Male/66 - COPD - electrolyte imbalance - stomach pain since last night - could not sleep at night - wants to know whether Colicaid be used and dosage ....

Since the age of the...

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Heart feels tight and constricted. It feels like oxygen not flowing n like it cant relax n is blocked. Firstly what started heart.pain was while I was severely dehydrated during a tummy bug I continued to take my potassium supplements and coconut water to treat my low potassium when I began to feel pressure in my heart n pain. After two days I figured.was.Potassium n took calcium n lucozade to try counteract it n it felt abit better. The next morning I took another calcium n after that my heart got very sick. It made it worse. It felt like the potassium just shot straight in there n constricted it more. On 4th day of vomitting and heart pain I went hospital who said my electrytes were normal n not.dehydrated.id sat up the night before sipping water all night so that must put bit back. Anyway I resumed my supplements on n off for next week n I continued to get heart pain breathlessness weak dizzy sick heart I tried to take out bins n after I lifted heavy bin I got.pinching bad heart pain nausea dizzy breathlessness it was very bad. I stopped taking potassium again as.id figured.although bloods showed normal blood electrytes they.still were charged up to heart. After days of palpatations n heart symptoms alot of rest n water n taking magnesium as it felt calcium stuck in there, my heart released! I was very happy n felt much better. After a couple of.days I decided to take supplements again. And after only one dose it felt the sane thing happened with calcium it shot into heart nconstricted n tight again. Its been 10 days since I took k n it.stil hasnt resolved itself. I feel extremely discomfort in my chest. Its making me feel out of sorts. My ecgs are all coming out with abnormal t waves which I never had before so this is definitely significant for me. Iv.a healthy heart n past healthy lifestyle. But.there is definitely something wrong with my heart.

My theory is.with the high pressure going up to my heart with the acute hyperkalemia while dehydrated it loosened the valve where potassium goes which is why calcium shot in but was resolved by magnesium n why after a dose of potassium that shot in n is.still in there putting my in hyperkalemia type state even though my blood levels have normalized n making abnormal ecgs.

I thought my.heart.would work it out but it.hasnt its still the exact same tight n constricted. Iv pain in back n sides n all around heart. I dunno what to do.

Is there any treatment to counteract this? Why is the potassium not working out of heart? Before I took that dose it had released but obviously there is problem with valve coz.iv taken potassium many times.in past n this never happened my heart filtered it,it never went.straight in n constricted it. N I take slow k so it releases slow id never even a palpatation wuth them before. I know ppl who take big white potassium chloride tabs can get palps as its.released at once but the heart.doesnt constrict just palpatates. Even if I drink oral solution I sip slowly n usually get instant twitches in legs or back where ever my body is transported k to cells I never get hesrt issues. Even the once or twice I took too much I got burning wee coz my kidneys excreted it n id get a tight heart once I stopped supplements for couple days it filtered out n grand again. The catalyst here was dehydration is even worse than typical hyperkalemia cox my body.had no.water to work with or filter it out so was.just charging up to heart pressure the valve n my hesrt trying to keep it out so it wouldn't stop beating or bust. I dont believe I done this to myself knowing all I know about potassium. A few times before I got dehydrated.n I stopped k as I knew its dangerous I dunno what I was thinking at all. I was.afraid of it going lower but I didnt take that much but as.I.said with dehydration its bad any n added coconut wayer to mix n its even more potassium.

Help! My heart feels essentially blocked what.do you advise here please? Can I take.something to get potassium out of.heart? I feel like a tennis ball is in my heart or like it needs to get up wind. This is definitely not.stomach or acid or gas or something its definitely my heart.

Thanks XXXXXXX

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
I would recommend as follows:

Detailed Answer:
Hello!

Welcome and thank you for asking on HCM!

I passed carefully through your question and would explain that your symptoms are not typical of any cardiac disorders.

Regarding potassium, I would not recommend taking potassium...

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Irregular heartbeat after vomiting.Had had a chest infection @hadnt eaten for almost two weeks.but just getting back to normal when it happened@it really scared me.it lasted a couple of hours. What could it have been?

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Brief Answer:
I would explain as follows:

Detailed Answer:
Hello!

Welcome on HCM!

Regarding your concern, I would explain that your symptoms seem to be related to an electrolyte imbalance, causing cardiac arrhythmia.

You should know that vomiting can cause certain electrolyte imbalance (due to...

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I️ started out with canker sores and cold sores. Now my tongue is twitching on one side

Why has that started the doctor I️ saw said I️ had a viral infection. Concerned about my tongue

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Taking juicy fruits like citrus fruits can help

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.

I have gone carefully through your query and understand your concerns. The twitching of the tongue could have developed due to an electrolyte imbalance. Such a condition can be...

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Grandaughter complains of contant abd pain which sometimes radiates to the back. Also general fatigue and most recently weakness and mild pain in the legs.
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Brief Answer:
Get an ultrasound done

Detailed Answer:
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The abdominal pain could be due to a number of reasons. A step by step approach should be taken. Getting an ultrasound done would be the first step. Treatment will depend upon the cause.

The leg pain could...

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My lower jaw shakes when I flex it. Almost like I'm shivering but I'm not cold

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Brief Answer:
Could be due to electrolyte imbalance.

Detailed Answer:
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I have gone through your query and understand your concerns. People often get such symptoms due to electrolyte imbalance. I would insist you to take juicy fruits like citrus fruits, and...

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I am experiencing severe cramping in my upper legs, including the insides and front muscles of both legs. This tends to happen when I am sitting in a comfortable chair, or, more specifically, when I begin to stand up. The cramps take my breath away, but I have learned that if I place weight on my feet and bend my back upright, I can "pull through" the cramping. Iam about to turn 70 and had never before experienced such cramping. Might this be related to diet or electrolyte imbalance? I have quite an active physical life, playing a lot of golf and working out in the yard a lot, as well as going to the gym, where I work out on an elliptical trainer for an hour.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Can be due to electrolyte imbalance.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.

The cramping in the upper legs that you have can be due to an electrolyte imbalance, decreased fluid intake or due to a mild nerve root compression at the level of lower lumbar spine.

It is...

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My sister (age 70) has had a 103F temp on and off for 3 days; diarrhea, ears stopped up and very unsteady gait. I've been able to get her temp down, but it goes back up. Thanks

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Dehydration and electrolyte imbalance need to be prevented.

Detailed Answer:
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I have gone carefully through the details and understand your concern. Most often such symptoms are due to viral infections and antibiotics are ineffective in such...

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I am expecting reply for a very expert (pediatric doctor) in this field. Please reply all questions point by point.

My 6 weeks newly born son has been diagnosed with PSVT (date of birth 24.09.2016, full term baby) . He had to be admitted in NICU for 12 days. His heart beat XXXXXXX to maximum 310 bpm. Paediatric Cardiologist has prescribed Inderal 10mg , 1/4 for thrice a day. Now he is stable now with normal heart beat.

I had consulted regarding the matter with one of the heart doctor of healthcaremagic.com for a second opinion & he has explained me everything in details. I asked that what may be the possible triggers of PSVT. He said possible triggers may be "body fever, electrolytes imbalances, hormonal imbalances,acute inflammation/infection"
Now my question is
a) When he was discharged from NICU, as per treating doctor , my son's electrolyte imbalance was corrected. Now , What are the possible reason (please include all) which may cause electrolyte imbalance AGAIN in my son?
b) Does passing of watery stool once or frequent watery stool or even vomiting after feed can cause electrolyte imbalance ?
c) What precaution , we shall have to take so that electrolyte imbalance does not happen again in my son? Is there any drink/medicine to feed my baby as a preventive measure.
d) How we can understand (symptoms) that there is electrolyte imbalance in future , without blood test.
e) PLEASE EXPLAIN THE MECHANISM OF ELECTROLYTE IMBALANCE IN GENERAL.
f) What are the possible reason (please include all) which may cause inflammation/infection in my son & how to prevent that.
g) For the above triggers, what type of pathological test , will you be suggesting & what shall be frequency (time interval) of those test.

Rds,
XXXXXXX XXXXX

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Questions answered one by one

Detailed Answer:
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I have gone carefully through your query and understand your concern. Let me assure you that I have the necessary expertise and experience needed to answer your queries. Let me try to answer them...

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